Two Great Exhibits

Thu 12/20/2007

Ugh! It feels like my blog has been so "businessy" lately. I would apologize, but I guess in a way it's a good thing. I'm not really sure what I would have to say about my life right now, other than the many projects I've been working on. The days seem to be passing quickly. It is nice living with Gabe. I love having a window. New projects keep popping up. I'm working hard on Basewood. My friends are awesome. Life is pretty okay right now, you know?

So last week I went to not one, but TWO really amazing exhibits here in New York. The first was a huge Jack Kerouac exhibit at the main branch of The New York Public Library. It's hard to see in this picture (they wouldn't let me take pictures inside) but they had SIXTY FEET of the original On The Road scroll unrolled right down the middle of the exhibit (under glass) which then lead directly into the yellow line of the backdrop at the back of the room. It was a pretty incredible thing to behold, with another 60 feet of typing rolled up at the bottom!

The rest of the exhibit was pretty awesome too. They just had TONS of stuff from Kerouac's life. Letters, sketchbooks, journals, drawings, paintings, drafts of his books, poems, all this crazy, obsessive fantasy baseball stuff from when he was a kid, photographs, etc. etc. etc. And it was all FREE! It's up until March, so if you're in New York and you're reading this, you should go!

The second exhibit was a William Steig retrospective at the Jewish Museum. (ALSO free, if you go on a Saturday!)

It's hard for me to fully articulate how amazing it was for me to witness this exhibit. I spent FOUR HOURS inside, looking at every single thing on the walls. William Steig was one of my favorite children's book authors growing up, and he drew my ALL-TIME favorite children's book, Rotten Island. It is just kind of crazy to read a book hundreds and hundreds of times, to spend HOURS staring at these pages and then twenty years later to actually stand in front of the real painting. !

They also had a lot of drawings and gags from The New Yorker and other books and drawing projects, but for me it was all about the children's books. They had pages from Gorky Rises, Brave Irene, Solomon the Rusty Nail, Dr. Desoto, Rotten Island and a bunch of my other favorites from growing up. Also it was great to read some of his thoughts about making stories for children. Anyways, it was totally mind-blowing for me. Like I will talk about it years from now "and then I went and saw this William Steig exhibit at the Jewish Museum in New York."

Again, it's up until March. People should go!

Also, as you can see above, I finally made my next sketchbook! I took a bunch of photos of the process, which I put up on Flickr (I finally caved and got a "pro" account, so the photos are all in their own set) I already really love this sketchbook. It is covered with my favorite old flannel shirt which was falling apart. So it's got sentimental value built in. Let's hope I don't lose it!

Well, I guess that's it. I'm going home to Seattle tomorrow, which is going to be really nice. My folks got me some train tickets for christmas, so I'll be heading to Portland for new years and then I'm making a quick jaunt to Los Angeles for a few days to visit some friends (???!) I haven't been back to L.A. in a long time, so that will be pretty weird... I'll probably be blogging "from the road" but if I don't get to it for a few days, happy holidays everyone!

2 comments on this entry

Where are you gonna be for New Year's? You gotta get in touch while you're in town!

Sarah O Dec21

PDX!!! I will definitely give you a call!

Alec Dec21

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